I've had quite a few questions about how I built out the back of my truck for my 4 months on the road, so here ya go. I've got rough drawings of plans, plenty of pictures, and the one of me up top looking awkward. Hope this is everything you ever wanted!
The whole thing was built over the course of about 3 weeks, from beginning to the last smelly coat of polyurethane. The platform was built around the grooved truck bed liner I have in my truck. While it was built with a high top camper shell in mind, I suppose it would work with a smaller topper as well.
This is my second bed platform I've had in this truck, and there were a few things I wanted to improve. First, I wanted to have a desk to work at, and so that also meant a space in between the bed and the "desk" to put my feet down into. I wanted it to be comfortable enough to spend a rainy afternoon indoors every now and then.
One of the biggest things was I needed it to have plenty of storage. Living on the road full time, and having gear for all the activities takes space. The main remedy to this is a full bed-length drawer below the bed. This provides space to store my stove, backpacking gear, my full camp kitchen, and any other odds and ends I might need.
I also need space to store clothes - I built a full length shelf directly below the desk to accommodate this. It's a little cramped, but definitely works.
Lastly, I wanted it to feel just a little bit like home, so I filled it with things I love. I built a small bookshelf against the cab, put in a little planter box to bring some life to the place, and my favorite, I put in a few small pieces of Klara Maisch's art. She's my absolute favorite artist in the world, and her work gives mine an incredible amount of inspiration.
Thats about it folks! You can message me or email me if you have any questions!